On July 31st, I ran in the San Francisco Half Marathon. Credit goes to my friend and colleague JD, who prodded me to sign up for the race with him (later I learned another fellow Pearl colleague, Erin, was also running it). This was my third half marathon, after doing the Big Sur Half in 2011 and 2015.

This iconic and super popular event actually consists of three main races – a full 26.2 mile marathon, then half marathons where people can sign up for the 1st or 2nd half of the full marathon course. I, along with most others, chose the more scenicĀ 1st half. The course starts at the Ferry Building and runs along the Embarcadero to Crissy Field, before ascending to the Golden Gate Bridge. Runner cross the bridge to Marin then turn around andĀ return over the bridge followed by a descent into the Presidio. After some (brutal) rolling hills, it ends in Golden Gate Park by the museum complex. The only annoying part is the super early start time of 4:30am!

I’m happy how I ran first the 11 miles, including the steep ascent up to the bridge. The course narrows quite a bit during the bridge segment, so you’re running shoulder to shoulder the entire time. It was also foggy and wet. The rolling hills for the last two miles was just too much — I was just too gassed to tackle them head on.

After the race was over, we headed over to JD’s apartment to freshen up, then joined Paul and Lisa for brunch at Mission Beach Cafe in the Mission. The restaurant was actually right on the full Marathon course, so we got to see runner’s go by as we enjoyed our post-race mimosas.

Another race in the bag!